EDGEWATER — Baker and cupcake artist Michele McAtee plans to open Maddiebird Bakery Saturday in its new home on Devon Avenue.
The former actress started her bakery business three years ago after impressing friends and family with daughter Maddie's homemade birthday cake.
After working out of Metropolis cafe on Granville Avenue, she decided to get her own commercial kitchen and open at 14451/2 W. Devon Ave.
"There will be a case full of cupcakes, and we'll have reserve cupcakes just in case," she of the Saturday grand opening.
McAtee and her husband, Aaron, have been working since the fall to get the shop ready, which included buying all new kitchen equipment and painting the walls with the Maddiebird colors (pastel blue and cream white).
Even little Maddie was helping her dad put together furniture for the store on Tuesday.
"This is happening, like now," McAtee said. "Which is awesome — and totally terrifying as well."
McAtee said she will sell individual cupcakes for $3.50 from the case, but will continue to take special orders.
One of her creative creations, which she photographs, featured a cupcake topped with a tiny Thanksgiving dinner of peas, yams, turkey, and mashed potatoes and gravy. Another featured a cake decorated with a hamburger, steak fries and ketchup.
Many of her designs show a stunning attention to detail — like that of a cupcake topped with a likeness of Chicago's skyline, including wispy clouds and a shimmering moon.
For the shop, she invites neighborhood people to stop by for a treat anytime during business hours.
"We listen to good music and hang out and people can come in and say 'Hi' and drink coffee," she said.
McAtee attributes the success of her business to the support of the community.
"Everybody in the neighborhood has been super supportive," she said. "The community effort that [Maddiebird] has been since the beginning is playing out now."
Maddiebird Bakery plans to be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.